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DT Marcell Dareus: Rex’s Defense Was Too Complicated

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In the same day that the Bills fired head coach Rex Ryan, star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus spoke out about his former head coach’s scheme.

“I feel like we should’ve been just more aggressive on defense … because that’s the kind of players that we have. We want to put our foot on the pedal and keep it down knowing what we’re doing, and being strategic on what we’re doing,” Marcell Dareus told ESPN Tuesday afternoon. “Not trying to matchup with this team, or that team. We want to have our identity (knowing) this is who we are, and what we’re going to do.”

He added: “It was just too much detail for a lot of guys, and I feel like for a lot of guys it was too much going on for them to check here and check there, if this happens and that happens. Then nine times out of ten, a team will throw something out there that we weren’t prepared for, and then the adjustment to it, we had to get use to and try to make it happen and make plays.”

There have been lots of great defensive players under Ryan who didn’t think the scheme was too complicated.  Maybe Dareus just didn’t put the work in?

Source: ESPN


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Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.